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Fish and Wildlife Commission Seeks Data Programming Language Solution

The commission seeks an enterprise solution to manage R and Python programming languages typically used for web development, data manipulation, machine learning, statistical analysis and data visualizations.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which protects the state’s natural resources, is looking to implement an enterprise solution to manage R and Python programming languages.

According to an invitation to bid (ITB) from the commission, “Posit Connect is the industry standard solution for this need.”

However, Posit Connect, a publishing platform typically used for Python and R, requires a Linux operating system, which the commission doesn’t have. As a result, the ITB’s scope of work focuses on installing and configuring Linux and Posit Connect on the commission’s Azure network, which FWC hopes to procure through a third-party vendor.

For vendors interested in the opportunity, they must be able to provide the following:
  • A qualified installation team that can evaluate and identify proper architecture and installation configuration for Posit Connect and other Linux needs on FWC’s Azure tenant
  • A valid Posit Connect for 150 named users licensed to FWC, which can be renewed annually 
  • The ability to build a Linux server, install Posit Connect, configure environments as needed, test Posit deployment for proper function and provide knowledge transfer to FWC OIT staff
  • Provide maintenance and update support, including verification and installation of new operating system updates, Posit updates, authentication of package repositories, regular package upgrades, security updates, Posit Connect license and user monitoring, incident support and user training 

The deadline for questions is Dec. 12 at 5 p.m., and all sealed bids must be submitted before Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. Additional dates and information regarding the ITB can be found online.
Katya Diaz is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.